Late last year, Tesla announced plans to crank out 10,000 Model 3 vehicles per week at its Chinese Gigafactory 3 facility, followed by a round of price cuts for its Model S and X cars in order to absorb a sizeable portion of tariffs to help make its vehicles more affordable to customers in the country. Now, the company is taking the opportunity to pare back on the configuration on the two latter-mentioned vehicles.
Starting on Monday, Tesla will no longer be taking orders for the 75 kWh version of the Model S & X. If you’d like that version, please order by Sunday night at https://t.co/46TXqRJ3C1— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 9, 2019
In a recent tweet, Elon Musk has foreshadowed the withdrawal of 75kWh versions of the Model S and X from sale on January 13th, which would make the 100D the new entry-level for both vehicles. While the move itself was not fleshed out in any great detail, in subsequent tweets Musk did affirm that the Model S and X were not being phased out during the next two years and that battery capacities would no longer be a strategic differentiating factor in its vehicle lineups.
That said, killing off the 75kWh model in both series of vehicles does raise the cost of entry by $15,000 to $18,000 which could be more than what some potential customers were willing to pay to get into a Telsa electric vehicle. So, if you had been thinking of pulling the trigger on either a Model S or X and had your heart set on the 75kWh battery capacity, you have until Sunday evening to get your order in via the Tesla website.